What Happened in June 1997

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 10th Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $5,400,186
  • Jun 1 1st NY Women Film Festival opens
  • Jun 1 51st Tony Awards: Titanic & Last Night of Ballyhoo win
  • Jun 1 Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Michelob Light Classic
  • Jun 1 Donovan Bailey beats Michael Johnson in 150m race to settle who was the world's fastest man
  • Jun 1 LA Dodger Wilton Guerrero's bat breaks, revealing it is corked
  • Jun 1 Vijay Singh wins Golf Memorial at Muirfield Village CC, 14 under par
  • Jun 1 Hugo Banzer wins the Presidential elections in Bolivia.
  • Jun 2 Albert Belle's Chicago White Sox tying 27-game hitting streak ends
  • Jun 2 Liberals beat Conservatives in France
  • Jun 2 Timothy McVeigh found guilty of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, killing 168
  • Jun 4 UN Security renews its "oilforfood" initiative whereby Iraq may sell $2 billion worth of oil to buy food, medicine and other necessities to alleviate civilian suffering under the sanctions imposed when it invaded Kuwait in 1990
  • Jun 7 129th Belmont: Chris McCarron aboard Touch Gold wins in 2:28.8
  • Jun 7 Cosmos 2344 Proton-K Launch (Russia), Failed
  • Jun 7 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings sweep the Philadelphia Flyers
  • Jun 8 "Young Man From Atlanta" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 85 performances
  • Jun 8 Justin Leonard wins golf's Kemper Open at TPC at Avenel
  • Jun 8 Pat Hurst wins LPGA Oldsmobile Classic
  • Jun 8 96th Men's French Open: Gustavo Kuerten beats Sergi Bruguera (6-3, 6-4, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 8 96th Women's French Open: Iva Majoli beats Martina Hingis (6-4, 6-2)

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Iva Majoli
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Iva Majoli
Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Jun 9 British lease on New Territories in Hong Kong expires
  • Jun 9 Detroit Tigers baseball team bat out of order against Oakland A's in 1st inning
  • Jun 10 Feng Yun-2B Long March 3 Launch (China), Successful
  • Jun 10 Kevin Brown of Florida Marlins no hits SF Giants 9-0
  • Jun 10 Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot orders the killing of his defense chief Son Sen and 11 of Sen's family members before Pol Pot flees his northern stronghold.
  • Jun 12 1st ever baseball inter-league game SF Giants beat Texas Rangers 4-3
  • Jun 13 51st NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz 4, games to 2
  • Jun 13 Jurors in Oklahoma City bombing trial sentence Timothy McVeigh to death
  • Jun 13 Red Wings Vladimir Konstantinov & Slava Fetisov hurt in car crash
  • Jun 13 American fugitive Ira Einhorn is arrested in France for the murder of Holly Maddux after 16 years on the run, though he would not return for another four years.
  • Jun 15 "Little Foxes" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • Jun 15 97th US Golf Open: Ernie Els shoots a 276 Congressional CC Bethesda Md

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 15 British model Naomi Campbell hospitalized due to drug overdose

Supermodel & Actress Naomi Campbell
Supermodel & Actress
Naomi Campbell
  • Jun 15 Danielle Ammaccapane wins Edina Realty LPGA Classic
  • Jun 16 31st Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & LeAnn Rimes
  • Jun 16 The Dairat Labguer massacre in Algeria; 50 people are killed.
  • Jun 17 NHL announces it will add Nashville in 1998, Atlanta in 1999 & Minneapolis-St Paul & Columbus, Ohio in 2000
  • Jun 19 "Forever Tango!" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
  • Jun 20 Negotiators announce agreement in principle with tobacco industry
  • Jun 21 "Defending the Caveman," closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 671 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 21 35th NHL draft Boston picks center Joe Thornton 1st

NHL Star Joe Thornton
NHL Star
Joe Thornton
  • Jun 21 Women's National Basketball Association begins as NY Liberty beats LA Sparks
  • Jun 22 Ernie Els wins golf's Buick Classic
  • Jun 22 Penny Hammel wins LPGA Rochester International
  • Jun 22 World Bowl: Barcelona Dragon beat Rhein Fire, 38-24
  • Jun 23 Dow Jones drops 192.25 pts
  • Jun 23 In the Central African Republic, soldiers fire on foreign peacekeepers in the third major rebellion since May
  • Jun 24 Melissa Drexler, 18, charged with killing her baby during her prom
  • Jun 24 USAF reports Roswell 'space aliens' were dummies

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 24 Mark McGwire hits a 538 foot home run

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • Jun 24 Seat Mariner Randy Johnson strikes out 19 Oakland A's but loses
  • Jun 25 Christies auctions off Princess Di's clothing for $5.5 million
  • Jun 25 Galileo, 2nd Callisto Flyby (Orbit 9)
  • Jun 25 Intelsat 802 Ariane 4 Launch, Successful
  • Jun 25 NHL approves franchises in Nash, Atlanta, Columbus, & Minn-St Paul
  • Jun 25 Progress M-34 Collides with & damages Mir Space Station
  • Jun 25 Jamaica issues a warrant for singer Sade, who fails to report to court on charges of failure to obey a cop who signaled her to stop
  • Jun 26 Galileo, Ganymede Observations (Orbit 9)
  • Jun 26 The U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Internet indecency law
  • Jun 26 The U.S. Supreme Court upholds doctor-assisted suicide ban
  • Jun 26 The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Communications Decency Act violates the First Amendment

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 26 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is published, the first instalment of the best selling series by J. K. Rowling

Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling
  • Jun 28 "Master Class" closes at Golden Theater NYC after 601 performances
  • Jun 28 "Steel Peer" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC after 76 performances
  • Jun 28 TV evangelist Robert Schuller attacks a flight attendant
  • Jun 29 "American Daughter" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 88 performances
  • Jun 29 "London Assurance" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Jun 29 18th U.S. Senior Golf Open: Graham Marsh
  • Jun 29 Greg Norman wins PGA St Jude Classic
  • Jun 29 Michelle McGann wins ShopRite LPGA Classic
  • Jun 29 Progress M-35 Soyuz Launch (Russia)
  • Jun 29 Tyrenda Williams, 18, of Alabama, crowned 40th America's Junior Miss
  • Jun 30 Leap Second to synchronize atomic clocks

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 12 William Cuddy, Canadian actor
  • Jun 20 Maria Lark, Russian-born American actress

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 1 Grammy Award-winning singer Kenny Rogers (59) weds Wanda Miller (31) at his ranch in Athens, Georgia

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 5 Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher (30) weds Meg Mathews at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas

Musician Noel Gallagher
Musician
Noel Gallagher

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 12 Rapper and actor Snoop Dogg (25) weds high school sweetheart Shante Taylor at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Rey, California

Rapper Snoop Dogg
Rapper
Snoop Dogg
  • Jun 17 Pop rock band singer Kevin Jonas (24) weds Danielle Deleasa (25) at Oheka Castle

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 17 Actress and philanthropist Grace Hightower (42) weds actor Robert De Niro (53) at their Marbletown home

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 21 "Bridget Jones' Diary" actor Colin Firth (36) weds Italian film producer Livia Giuggioli (27) in Tuscany, Italy


Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 24 Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry (30) divorces MLB outfielder David Justice (31) after more than 4 years of marriage

MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice
  • Jun 25 "Dumb and Dumber" actress Lauren Holly (33) divorces actor-comedian Jim Carrey (35) due to irreconcilable differences after 9 months of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Nikolai Tikhonov, Soviet PM (1980-85), dies at 92
  • Jun 2 Doc Cheatham, jazz musician, dies of stroke at 91
  • Jun 3 Dennis James, American television personality (b. 1917)
  • Jun 4 Kurt Adler, therapist/writer, dies at 92
  • Jun 4 Ronnie Lane, bassist (Faces), dies of multiple sclerosis at 51
  • Jun 5 J Anthony Lukas, writer (Pulitizer, Common Ground), suicide at 64
  • Jun 8 George Turner, Australian author (b. 1916)
  • Jun 9 Reid Shelton, actor (Daddy Warbucks-Annie), dies of stroke at 71
  • Jun 9 Stanley Knowles, Canadian politician (b. 1908)
  • Jun 11 Thalassa Cruso, gardening expert (PBS), dies of Alzheimer's at 87
  • Jun 12 Bulat Okudzhava, Russian writer and musician (b. 1924)
  • Jun 14 Henry C Gordon, USAF/astronaut (Dynasoar), dies at 71
  • Jun 14 Richard Jaeckel, actor (Starman, The Dark), dies of cancer at 70
  • Jun 14 Tesslynn O'Cull, American child abuse victim (b. 1995)
  • Jun 16 Dal Stivens, Australian author (b. 1911)
  • Jun 18 Lev Kopelev, Russian writer and dissident (b. 1912)
  • Jun 19 Bobby Helms, singer (Jingle Bell Rock), dies at 63
  • Jun 20 Bobby Helms, composer (Jingle Bell Rock), dies at 61
  • Jun 20 Lawrence Payton, rocker (4 Tops-I'll Be There), dies at 59
  • Jun 21 Art Prysock, jazz musician, dies at 68
  • Jun 21 Shintaro Katsu, Japanese entertainer (b. 1931)
  • Jun 21 Fidel Velázquez Sánchez, Mexican labour leader (b. 1900)
  • Jun 22 Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer (b. 1956)
  • Jun 22 Don Henderson, English actor (b. 1932)
  • Jun 23 "Wino" Willie Forkner, biker (Wild One), dies of heart attack at 77
  • Jun 23 Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, suffering from burns, dies at 63
  • Jun 24 Brian Keith, actor (Family Affair), commits suicide at 75

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 25 Jacques Cousteau, French oceanographer, dies of heart attack at 87

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • Jun 25 William Lyle Woratzeck, convicted killer, executed in Ariz at 51

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 26 Don Hutson, first NFL wide receiver, dies at 84

First Wide Receiver in NFL History Don Hutson
First Wide Receiver in NFL History
Don Hutson
  • Jun 26 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Hawaiian singer dies aged 38
  • Jun 29 William Hickey, American actor (Prizzi's Honor), dies of emphysema at 69
  • Jun 30 Larry O'Day, wrestler (b. 1944)